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ERIC Number: ED567461
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 140
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3038-1469-3
Improving School Readiness through Parent Education Programming: Understanding the Role of Community-Based Organizations in a Large Urban City Center
Albarran, Alejandra S.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California, Irvine
Disparities in academic achievement begin in early childhood, before children step foot into a classroom. These early gaps, often along racial and economic lines, widen throughout children's academic careers because children who are well-prepared at entry are able to take full advantage of school, while children who enter less prepared spend more time trying to catch up. Efforts to change these paths must begin in early childhood to ensure that children begin schooling on equal playing fields. One strategy for increasing school readiness is through education services that provide parents with the tangible (e.g., books, materials, and overall resources) and intangible (i.e., laws, networks, and overall knowledge) resources that assist them in preparing their young children and themselves for school. Community-based organizations (CBOs) are one possible mechanism to disseminating resources given that they work with families before children begin school, reach large populations, and tailor services meeting the needs of their communities. Efforts to change early outcomes demonstrate mixed results partially due to an inability to address the ecological processes that affect child. Using document analysis and organizational interviews of eight CBOs and parental interviews with 30 low-income Latino parents and observations of services by two CBOs, this study uncovers how CBOs promote school readiness though parent education services. Investigating how CBOs operate within the Los Angeles area inform early childhood educational reform by providing insight into the mechanisms and impacts CBOs are having on families and children. Analysis of CBO interviews suggests that CBOs provide a holistic approach to parent education services that aim to help parents to become educational advocates on behalf of their children and their communities. Furthermore, observations highlight the important role of the relationship between parents and program facilitators, as well as, between parents in ensure continued involvement and dissemination of educational information. Survey results from parent participants confirm that CBOs have become important resources for obtaining educational information that parents are inspired to share with fellow parents and use to engage schools for the benefit of all children. Finally, these findings point to an advantage out-of-school programs have for in-school change. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Adult Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California (Los Angeles)